Cautionary Tale Update

I recently wrote a post about the health issues with my better half, Sue, and her battle with aggressive skin cancer…….this is for my new readers and a refresher for all others……

Sue is in Houston with my daughter…I had to remain here in Mississippi …they are very close and I am glad Sue has her there for her time with the procedures….

She had surgery on 27 July to remove her right breast.

Surgery went well both of them….her reconstructive surgery was a success…she is now in recovery waiting for a room assignment.

After a few hours Sue was released to her room….she is doing well some minor problems but nothing serious.

She needed a large gauze pad to cover her wounds and she ran out…..she talk with the hospital for some extras….she was told to go to Target.

This hospital may be one of the best cancer hospitals in the US….but it seems that billing is more important that the actual health care.  I am not impressed with their administrative side of the institution….appointments are cancelled or re-scheduled because of ‘executive meetings’ (probably billing demands and changes)

Sue is bored to death for she has to wait for 04 August for her follow up and cannot get too far from the hospital in case there is a problem….so her days are being filled with TV, shopping at the gift shop and the restaurant (which is raping the people with their prices)….and talking with me on the phone (of course she says talking with me is the highlights of her day)

She is in good spirits and that is important.

Through all this my daughter has been a trooper….I do not know what I would have done without her help….

Let me add and reiterate…..if you or anyone you know has had radiation treatment for a cancer and they develop a bruise that will not heal then go directly to you doctor and have it checked for skin cancer….


I am so happy for Sue that all the surgeries and the worrying is getting close to being over….

I want to apologize to my friends for my tardiness in getting to their posts…..I have been in a bit of a state for about a week….things should get back to what passes as normal for me soon.

I will update my readers as soon as it becomes necessary.

Thanx for all the well wishes….Sue and I appreciate them deeply.

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10 thoughts on “Cautionary Tale Update

  1. First of all I wish your wife all the best and a speedy recovery.
    That your daughter can be with her is good. Your wife is not alone and has somebody who has an direct eye on her.

    I hope your wife will be well enough to come home soon.

    Question about gauze:
    If you wife is still in hospital they should provide the gauze, I should think.

    I mean, what I do know about US-hospitals, they charge way to much for every little thing the do.

    I wish that you would have less worries about the cost of healthcare for you and your wife.

    1. Thanx for the kind words….she will appreciate them…..American health care is about billing more than health care…..chuq

  2. I am so sorry to read about your wife and I wish her a speedy and healthy recovery. I know it must be hard to be at such a distance. Take care of yourself and I hope you are back together soon. This is not an easy road to travel. Positive thoughts coming your way.

  3. Great to hear that it all went well, but shocked that she was told to buy dressings in a retail store. The US Health Sytem may be lauded internationally for its skill, but the financial aspects of it are abhorrent to me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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